CRA can decide review petition: SC
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With the order to release water to Tamil Nadu fuelling protests in Karnataka, the Supreme Court Monday said the Cauvery River Authority could, without being influenced by the court's previous order, decide Karnataka's plea for a review.
The court also said that "agitations don't serve any purpose. Sometimes they may spoil a good case".
The court had on September 28 told Karnataka to implement the order of the CRA, headed by the Prime Minister, to release 9,000 cusecs of water a day till October 15. Karnataka, however, pleaded with the CRA as well as the court to modify the order.
Karnataka's counsel Fali S Nariman said the CRA was expected to meet on October 11 but the court's September 28 order could prevent it from deciding the review plea. To this the court said, "We clarify that our order dated September 28, 2012 order shall not in any way be an impediment in the chairperson taking decisions on the review petition stated to be filed by Karnataka."
C S Vaidyanathan, appearing for Tamil Nadu, urged the court not to pass any interim order that could give an impression that the PM alone could decide the review plea.
SC refuses to ban training of Lankan forces
The Supreme Court on Monday refused to restrain the Centre from training Sri Lankan armed forces, saying it is a policy matter of the government.
A Bench led by Justice Aftab Alam rejected the "misconceived" plea that sought its direction to the Centre to not provide training facilities to Lankan forces in India.
The petition — filed by N Raja Raman and citing letters to the PM by Tamil Nadu politicians — alleged that nine Lankan defence personnel were being trained at an IAF base in Karnataka.
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